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John Mayall

Posted on Jul 11, 2018 in 60s, Blues Rock, Rhythm & Blues

As the elder statesman of British blues, it is John Mayall’s lot to be more renowned as a bandleader and mentor than as a performer in his own right. Throughout the ’60s, his band, the Bluesbreakers, acted as a finishing school for the leading British blues-rock musicians of the era. Guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor joined his band in a remarkable succession in the mid-’60s…

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American Music Club

Posted on Jul 7, 2018 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

Although chosen for its deliberately nondescript qualities, in retrospect the name American Music Club was the perfect moniker for the lauded San Francisco-based band led by singer/songwriter Mark Eitzel: over the course of nine acclaimed albums, the group tied together the disparate strands of the American musical fabric…

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Fonda 500

Posted on Jul 3, 2018 in 00s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

Formed by Simon Stone and Nicholas Broten in 1995, Fonda 500 have been releasing albums since 2000. They have built up a cult following, chiefly through their explosive live performances and their unique musical style, comparable to Black Sabbath jamming with the Beach Boys… Fonda 500 have pre-empted musical styles and scenes, and released a succession of influential yet highly individual albums…

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Little Walter

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 in BLUES, Chicago Blues, Rhythm & Blues

Who’s the king of all post-war blues harpists, Chicago division or otherwise? Why, the virtuosic Little Walter, without a solitary doubt. The fiery harmonica wizard took the humble mouth organ in dazzling amplified directions that were unimaginable prior to his ascendancy. His daring instrumental innovations were so fresh, startling, and ahead of their time…

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Chris Porter

Posted on Jun 24, 2018 in Alt-country, Americana, COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter

Chris Porter was an Alabama native who fronted the Bama bands the Back Row Baptists and Some Dark Holler, then transplanted to Austin where he maintained his solo career as a deep Americana songwriter. His 2015 LP, This Red Mountain – produced by Centro-matic frontman Will Johnson – showed off his emotionally real-and-raw songcraft…

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The Orb

Posted on Jun 19, 2018 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Ambient house, Electronic, Trip hop

The Orb virtually invented the electronic genre known as ambient house, resurrecting slower, more soulful rhythms and providing a soundtrack for early morning ravers once the clubs closed their doors. Frontman Dr. Alex Paterson’s formula was quite simple: he slowed down the rhythms of classic Chicago house and added synth work and effects…

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Ivory Joe Hunter

Posted on Jun 10, 2018 in 40s, BLUES, Rhythm & Blues

Bespectacled and velvet-smooth in the vocal department, pianist Ivory Joe Hunter appeared too much mild-mannered to be a rock & roller. But when the rebellious music first crashed the American consciousness in the mid-’50s, there was Ivory Joe, deftly delivering his blues ballad “Since I Met You Baby” right alongside the wildest pioneers of the era…

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Posted on Jun 5, 2018 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Hardcore, Indie

If history is kind to Fugazi, their records won’t be overshadowed by their reputation and methods of operation. Instead of being known for their community activism, five-dollar shows, ten-dollar CDs, and resistance to mainstream outlets, they will instead be known for their intelligent songwriting and undeniably proficient musicianship, which drew from their roots in Washington, D.C. hardcore…

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Lefty Frizzell

Posted on Jun 1, 2018 in 50s, Country, Singer/Songwriter

Lefty Frizzell was the definitive honky tonk singer, the vocalist that set the style for generations of vocalists that followed him. Frizzell smoothed out the rough edges of honky tonk by singing longer, flowing phrases – essentially, he made honky tonk more acceptable for the mainstream…

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Silas Hogan
& other Swamp Blues artists

Posted on May 28, 2018 in BLUES, Rhythm & Blues, Swamp Blues

In the collection of local Louisiana blues stars who made their mark on phonograph records bearing the Excello imprint under the aegis of Crowley producer Jay Miller, Silas Hogan was a local phenom who finally had a chance to record at a time when the commercial appeal of his sound was waning…

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